- How to “Do well in class”
- Common First-day worries for Biology 1107 students, for Biology 1108 students, with professorial advice.
- Celtic & Nordic background music for working/studying
- Finding grades, feedback, answers, etc. on D2L/eclassroom
- What’s up with office hours?
- How to Send a Professional Email to a Professor
- U cant talk 2 ur professr lik dis: Using someone’s title, proofreading your emails, and addressing them politely isn’t about bowing to authority figures – it’s about showing them that you respect them and their role in your life.
“Young graduates mistake informality for license to act unprofessionally.”
-Molly Worthen, author and assistant professor of history, via The New York Times
- Some of the email guidelines, such as including your college (e.g. Science and Technology) and status (e.g. sophomore) are not necessary for a small school, but most of the guidelines should be followed.
- Do not repeatedly email your professor without allowing them time to respond. Organize your thoughts before sending an email the first time, instead of treating email like a text conversation.
- Other topics may vary a little from one professor to the next (e.g. how quickly they respond to emails), but allowing at least 1 day is a good starting point.
- Nettiquette Guidelines
- This is more relevant for posts in online discussion forums, but can also be fine in emails if used judiciously.
- You’d be surprised how often professors are fine with (and encourage) a bit of extra expression in communication as long as it’s appropriate. 🙂 (I’m serious!)
- Google Docs/Slides/SheetsGoogle Docs/Slides/Sheets: How to get files that you can actually turn in!
- Plagiarism Tutorial
- Keep track of your sources
- Paraphrase into your own words
- Avoid direct quotations whenever possible
- Cite, and include your sources. Cite your sources, and don’t forget to cite.
- Critical Thinking
- Satire & Critical Thinking (& Politics)
- Can you evaluate whether an article is even worth the time that you spend reading it?
- What does it mean to be biased?
- Why does the source of your information matter?
- Aren’t facts just facts?
- How do people & corporations manipulate information to influence your decisions?
- Does your professor actually just want you to memorize information like a mindless automaton, or does she/he want you to analyze it?
- Armstrong Research Tutorial
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science in America
- Scientific Literacy
- (Warning, comments and examples in some videos are crass/vulgar)
- More Growing Soon!
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featured image: Oyster toadfish at the Charleston, SC Aquarium (Spring 2015)